Your donations support Mainspring Schools’ ability to give more low-income children in Austin a chance to succeed. 

$100 feeds a child a healthy breakfast, lunch & snack for a month
$250 provides five staff development training sessions
$500 underwrites a month of preschool for a family working to get off welfare
$1,000 funds a 12-week series of parenting skills development classes

Thank you for your support!


Our volunteers are treasured and crucial to fulfilling our mission. Whether you are an individual and group, we would love your help:

  • Time with our kids in the classroom
  • Physical projects (light landscaping, painting a classroom)
  • Book drive
  • Kitchen help
  • Speakers on parenting topics
  • Photographers, musicians, seamstresses, etc.
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Consider this:

87% of children brought up in Austin’s low-income neighborhoods will enter kindergarten behind readiness levels.

When children start kindergarten behind, they are likely to stay behind for the rest of their lives.

Most of our families are low-income and are using government-subsidized childcare vouchers in their transition from welfare to work. These subsidies only pay about 60% of real costs. Private contributions help close the gap between costs and public reimbursements.

The very things that make Mainspring Schools so effective at helping families become successful and independent are the things that are expensive:

  • Low student-to-teacher ratios.
  • Well-educated teachers.
  • Support for the whole family.
  • Healthy meals.
  • Art and music programs.

Corporate and Foundation Donors

3M Volunteer Group


American Bank

Andrews Oil

Buena Vista Foundation

Comerica Bank


First State Bank Central Texas

Frost Bank

Genevieve and Ward Orsinger Foundation

Graves, Dougherty, Hearon & Moody


Housing Authority of the City of Austin

Howry Breen & Herman. LLP


Humana Foundation

I Live Here, I Give Here

John Barclay Agency

Keg 1 Central Texas, LLC


Lola Wright

Pacey Family Foundation

Ron Lewis & Associates

Texas Commission on the Arts

The Tapestry Foundation


Topfer Family Foundation

Vintage IT Services

Webber Family Foundation

Wells Fargo

Annual Financial Statements with Independent Auditor's Report, 2016

Mainspring Schools is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Tax ID# 74-1143055